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We live in era where moral decay is evident in all aspects of life Were a society no longer looks to preserve life through peace but to preserve peace through the destruction of life In such a perilous time it requires great men that fear truth only to stand against the tyranny of the civilized man Through belief and action Mahatma Gandhi proved not only a noble philosopher but a influential advocate in the affairs of human rights Born on October 2 1869 in a small northwestern peninsula of India called Kathiawad Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi began to learn the ways that would forever change his people and the entire thinking of mankind It was here that Gandhi was taught the complex traditions and systems of the Indian people Being apart of the Vaishya trade and commerce class in the Indian caste system Gandhi was able to learn from his father and grandfather the virtues of love and honesty Both men employed trade in their own state but would travel as ministers to the other providences and states It was their unconquerable honor that made them well respected throughout all the lands they visited It was also the practice of these virtues in the home that would influence Gandhi later in his life From his autobiography Gandhi tells a story about some wayward actions of his youth For a time Gandhi was greatly influenced by an older friend in his high school years This friend convinced Gandhi to eat meat a great sin in his parents religion and to smoke cigarettes Often they would sneak off and find places to hind out and indulge in these social tabooed practices These excursions went on for sometime and pushed the young Gandhi to steal money from his parents in order to fulfill his needs At last the guilt overpowered Gandhi and he confessed to his father all his deeds The punishment that Gandhi received was
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